Whether you’re a certified menstruator or you’re still waiting for the day to come, you’ve probably got tons of questions about the infamous crimson wave. It can be a little awkward asking a friend, family member, or even your gynecologist, so hopefully we’ve got all the answers you’re seeking. And FYI, you really shouldn’t be afraid to ask your gyno anything; it’s their job to help you out in these matters! But still, here are 14 period questions a lot of us are too afraid to ask!
Why do women menstruate anyway? 1:24
Should I worry if my period isn’t like clockwork? 2:09
Am I having my period or just spotting? 2:57
What if I miss a period? 4:07
Do I need to see a doctor if I bleed in between periods? 4:52
How often should I change my tampon? 5:38
Is there an alternative to tampons? 6:16
What’s the whole thing with birth control pills and “fake” periods? 7:03
Can I bleed if I’m pregnant? 7:37
Can I play sports or swim while I’m on my period? 8:15
What do I do if contact bleeding occurs? 8:36
Why on Earth do menstrual cramps happen? 9:04
Can I get pregnant before, during, or after my period? 9:55
Does PMS weaken as you get older? 10:40
-The bleeding occurs when eggs were not fertilized during the menstrual cycle.
-One menstrual cycle can last anywhere from 21 to 35 days. Also, a woman might notice changes in her own schedule: one month her period might come earlier, the next month, it’s late.
-Spotting refers to very light brown discharge that occurs between menstrual periods. It happens because of a drop in estrogen, the female sex hormone.
-You might miss your period if you’re really sick, on the pill or abruptly stopped taking it, stressed, or you’ve over-exercised. It can also be because of a hormonal problem or from being over- or underweight.
-Irregular bleeding can be a sign that something’s wrong hormonally. It’s definitely not normal, especially if you’re not on the pill and you’re bleeding in between periods.
-Doctors recommend changing your tampon every 4-8 hours depending on your flow.
-There’s always sanitary pads. But what’s even better is reusable menstrual products, like reusable cloth pads, menstrual cups, or period panties.
-“Fake periods” are shorter than a regular period, less painful, and bleeding isn’t that heavy. A regular period can occur only after a woman quits taking birth control. It takes from 6 to 12 months to restore a normal menstrual cycle.
-If you’re pregnant, the amount can be really small, just a couple of drops, which is why it often goes unnoticed.
-It’s perfectly fine to continue playing sports or swimming during your period.
-Contact bleeding occurs during contact, like sexual intercourse or a gynecological exam. If the damage isn’t severe, contact bleeding doesn’t last long.
-Menstrual cramping is super common, although the degree of pain can differ from one woman to another. Cramping happens due to hormone-like substances called prostaglandins.
-If you’re trying to conceive, better not do it on your period. You’ll wanna wait for after your period because your chances of getting pregnant will be much higher.
-PMS symptoms may get WORSE as you reach your late 30s or 40s and approach menopause. Over-the-counter and prescription pain relievers can help ease the pain.
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